Warrington Transporter Bridge earns Heritage Award

ICE North West has honoured the famous Warrington Transporter Bridge – a 100-year-old structure built by the same civil engineering company as Tower Bridge and the Forth Bridge.

Celebrating Warrington Transporter Bridge’s heritage.
Celebrating Warrington Transporter Bridge’s heritage.

ICE North West presented its special Heritage Award to representatives of Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge and Warrington Borough Council, celebrating its significance to the local area.

John Gatheral, ICE North West Regional Chair, said: "This is only the second time ICE North West has conferred an award for civil engineering heritage, and Warrington's Transporter Bridge thoroughly deserves the accolade. It's a remarkable structure, and there are only a few of them left in the world. I know Warrington is proud to have such a landmark, it's a 103-metre long monument to Warrington's heritage as one of the great industrial towns of North West England."

Margaret Ingham, Chairman of Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge, said: "Our group has only been going for 18 months and we are most encouraged that this prestigious organisation recognises the value of our rail transporter bridge. We are working with Warrington Borough Council to ensure that it is not forgotten and we have nearly 1100 followers on Facebook and over 300 members backing us up."

The Warrington Transporter Bridge was completed in 1916. It was built by Arrol and Sons, who also built the Forth Bridge, several bridges across the Thames including Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Jubilee Bridge. The bridge was originally built to link the two parts of the chemical and soap works of Joseph Crosfield and Sons. It's a Grade II* listed building, protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is currently on the Heritage At Risk Register.